Implications of social competence among thirty-month-old toddlers: A theory of mind perspective

Emiko Tanaka, Etsuko Tomisaki, Ryoji Shinohara, Yuka Sugisawa, Lian Tong, Taeko Watanabe, Yoko Onda, Yuri Kawashima, Maki Hirano, Yukiko Mochizuki, Kentaro Morita, Amarsanaa Gan-Yadam, Yuko Yato, Noriko Yamakawa, Shoji Itakura, Tamiko Ogura, Aya Kutsuki, Misa Kuroki, Tokie Anme

研究成果: Article


Background: The purpose of this study was to examine the relations between children's social competence and initial index of theory of mind at 30 months of age. Methods: The participants of the study were 322 toddlers and parents/caregivers who were registered with the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) project. They completed a five-minute interaction session, which was coded using the Interaction Rating Scale (IRS) as an evidence-based practical index of children's social competence. In addition, the children were asked to complete a diverse-desire task as a ToM (theory of mind) index. Results: The results showed that the ToM index was related to the total score and subscales of the IRS, such as Empathy and Emotional regulation. Conclusions: These findings show that the IRS score was related to ToM task performance at 30 months of age.

ジャーナルJournal of epidemiology
出版物ステータスPublished - 2010 12 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology


Tanaka, E., Tomisaki, E., Shinohara, R., Sugisawa, Y., Tong, L., Watanabe, T., Onda, Y., Kawashima, Y., Hirano, M., Mochizuki, Y., Morita, K., Gan-Yadam, A., Yato, Y., Yamakawa, N., Itakura, S., Ogura, T., Kutsuki, A., Kuroki, M., & Anme, T. (2010). Implications of social competence among thirty-month-old toddlers: A theory of mind perspective. Journal of epidemiology, 20(SUPPL.2), S447-S451.